#IFIDIEINPOLICECUSTODY, I DID NOT COMMIT SUICIDE. I DID NOT BREAK MY OWN BACK. I DID NOT CHOKE MYSELF TO DEATH. /THEY/…MURDERED ME.
— apollo 27 (@ayypollo) July 16, 2015
In addition to Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray and countless other young black men who fell victim to fatal police brutality, Chicago native Sandra Bland is now yet another name added to the growing list…..when does it end? And who holds law enforcement accountable when those paid to “protect and serve” instead decide to “kill and justify?”
These are the questions that millions of us in the Black community are demanding answers to in light of the recent death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities claim “committed suicide” in her jail cell following an unnecessary and forceful arrest by Texas police officers for a routine traffic violation. Sandra’s family immediately called foul on the claims of suicide and an investigation into her death has since been launched, with mounting public support putting much-needed pressure on authorities to see to it that the truth comes to light.
In the biggest show of support for the Bland family, the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody hashtag took over Twitter earlier this week, spawning sentiments from people expressing the truths that they’d want their family and friends to know despite what story cops may try to tell should they suddenly lose their lives while in police custody.
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody Know that the color of my skin was the only crime committed.
— Kiaira (@BlvckConscious) July 17, 2015
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody know that they killed me. I would do everything in my power to get home to my family. So never stop questioning.
— April (@ReignOfApril) July 17, 2015
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody don't let the Don Lemons of the world suggest it was my fault or deflect to "Black on Black crime." You. Know.Better.
— E. Little (@ItsMrLittle) July 17, 2015
Chilling proclamations continued under the hashtag throughout the day, as more and more disturbing facts surrounding the death of Sandra Bland began to surface.
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody, know that some of them coming with me.
— umi selah (@Umiselah) July 17, 2015
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody PLEASE don't let the police claim my history of depression and suicide led me to kill myself. It is a lie.
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) July 17, 2015
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody, I did not resist at any time. I followed all directions given to me and never waived my right to be silent.
— Fuparella (@KishaBue) July 16, 2015
The death of Sandra Bland is now being treated as a murder, according to CNN reports.
The thought of anyone having to prepare their families and friends with the truths about what really happened in the event of their untimely death at the hands of police is heartbreaking, but unfortunately, this type of preliminary preparation is also becoming more of a necessity by the hour.